Thursday, June 25, 2009
They Might As Well Be Arguing About How Many Angels Can Dance On The Head Of A Pin
To use one of their asinine characterizations against them.
Two high-profile worshipers of scientism argue about just what is to be done about religion. One is the bellicose Sam Harris, while the other is Philip Ball, a longtime writer for Nature. Philip is the reasonable one in the exchange. The amusing thing is that their discussion is really about nothing, because they are both assuming that 'religion' is untrue, and unsupportable by any evidence whatsoever. As such, they are not debating anything but a phantasm of their own minds.
But, it is in the form of polite open letters between two otherwise intelligent men, so it is worth a look.